Koh Chang Sailing – The Boats
Sailing around Koh Chang has slowly but surely gained a foothold over the last few years, with yachts now a common sight in the surrounding waters. The island’s yachting companies, bareboat or skippered, are based in the new marina at Siam Royal View in Klong Son or around the Salak Phet bay on the east coast.
With monohull keelboats and catamaran the choices, normal charters are for 5 days, though single days are sometimes offered, if the boats are in harbour and crew available.
Koh Chang Sailing – Licences and Anchorages
Sailing in the area is at Experience Level 2, with no licenses required by the authorities, though certificates should always be carried. The 200bt fee for the National Park is per person per day, with 50bt for the boat. Principal cruising areas extend from the northern tip of Koh Chang, past Koh Klum, Koh Wai, Koh Mak, Koh Kham, Koh Rang and down to the southern end of Koh Kood, with anchorages in many different bays along the way, all clearly charted. It is actually possible to go further to the Cambodian maritime border, but night sailing is not permitted and stops are at anchor, with mooring buoys being no longer permitted in Thailand.
The companies only open from November to April, when the prevailing winds from the north east are at their best and the weather is dry and generally calm. Boats are moved across to Koh Samui during the rainy season.
Koh Chang Sailing – The Companies
Sailing Koh Chang
from 69,000bt to 95,000bt for one week
Bareboat Hunter 310 (2 double cabins), Odyssey 35 (3 double cabins) and Odyssey 43 (2 double, 1 double and 2 twin), Lagoon 48 (for 8 guests) all available for weekly charter. Sailing school, daily rental if available. Contact Us for more information.
Salak Phet,far corner of bay
Bareboat, from 120,000bt for one week (exc. peak) for 6 berth Catalina 40ft monohull keelboat
or 175,000bt for catamaran, 1,050 euros per day for Skippered charter (5/6 persons) in peak season
Bareboat only, bareboat with crew, bareboat with skipper among options offered on keelboats and multi-hull. Skippered charter on 46ft catamaran, with full crew, skipper and Thai cook. Advice on itinerary planning, support. Mile-builder trips. Daily charter possible if available, but 5 days the norm. Flotilla Sailing. Fuel extra.
We do not list Sunsail any more as their office on the island is abandoned.
There is also a small sailing company that is based at the shooting range, Baan Look Chang on the East Coast. This keeps a Hobie and Laser over by the Centara Tropicana and Emerald Cove on Klong Prao Beach, so ask there for more information. You can sail yourself if experienced, otherwise they can arrange a 1 or 2 hour skippered charter.
Sea kayaking is another great way to explore the archipelago or nearer to home, the offshore islands. Many of the resorts have the standard Feelfree sit-on-top variety and rates range from 300bt for a half day to 500bt for the whole 8 hours. The islands off Klong Prao Beach and Kai Bae Beach are the most popular, but Klong Son has two small uninhabited spots which are good for snorkeling and the paddle from
Lonely Beach to Bailan Beach along the coast is another pleasant day out, though it does get dangerous beyond the southern cape in Bailan Beach itself. Bang Bao offers you the chance to visit Bang Bao Beach (Klong Kloi) beach without too much effort or, for the braver souls, that bit further round to the deserted sands of Wai Chek Beach.
On the east coast, Salak Khok Kayak Station rents out its kayaks for exploring the mangrove forest and the bay itself at Salak Khok, whilst the resorts on either side of Salak Phet bay are within easy paddle distance of the islands in the middle, principally Koh Sai Khao, which has a little beach.
Klong Prao, basement at Emerald Cove Hotel
Per Person: 1,500bt (1/2 day) to 57,000bt (12 days including all equipment, guest house or hammock accommodation, food and water)
Professional sea kayaking company that runs full tours into the archipelago from 2 hours lessons, to 1/2 day, day expeditions, 2/3 days up to 12 days. BCU 3 star courses. Full safety and insurance, North Shore kayaks (sit-in), experienced UK Canoeists.